Just 50 years ago, homeowners really only had one option when it came to choosing a countertop: laminate. The decision-making was limited to determining which color of laminate countertop would best complement their kitchen. Now those undertaking a kitchen remodel have many more materials to choose from. Let’s look at a few of today’s popular countertop surfaces, and breakdown what sets each apart.
Acrylic is a man-made material, so it has a lot of engineered benefits like a consistent design throughout, a smooth surface, and exceptional durability. As a non-porous material, acrylic is bacteria and stain resistant. It’s also easy to clean and maintain, since it is a repairable material. With acrylic countertops, minor scratches can be buffed out, extending the longevity of your investment. The RTA Store even offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty on their acrylic solid surface countertops.
Homeowners love the durability of acrylic, as well as its economical cost. If you want to include an integrated sink in your kitchen remodel, this material is also the perfect choice for creating that seamless appearance.
Granite is a natural stone material, which means each granite countertop features unique designs and patterns. While undeniably beautiful, granite is also pretty durable! This material is scratch, heat, and stain resistant. It can even be used for an outdoor kitchen remodel, as it is UV resistant. The varieties of granite countertops from The RTA Store arrive already sealed, and include a Sealer Lifetime Limited Warranty, which means you should not need to reseal your countertops — ever!
The only pitfall of granite is that corners and edges can occasionally chip. If any chipping does occur, call a professional to mend the damaged area, or try this DIY fix if you’re up to the challenge.
Quartz is a blend between natural and man-made materials, also called engineered stone, which is why many will say it offers the best of both worlds. While the designs and patterns on Quartz are stunning and mimic Granite or Marble, they are consistent unlike 100% natural materials. Quartz is also non-porous, making it even more resistant to bacteria, mildew, scratches, heat, and stains than its fully natural counterparts.
Easy to clean and maintain, Quartz is often the favorite for homeowners who love the look of natural Granite or Marble, but seek a non-porous material with more consistent designs and patterns. Take a look for yourself with these gorgeous options from The RTA Store, which also include Lifetime Limited Warranties.
Last but certainly not least is Quartzite. Quartzite is another natural material that features variations in design and pattern like Granite, but is more durable. On the surface, Quartzite actually looks a lot like Marble. The difference is that Quartzite will not etch like marble.
Quartzite is scratch, heat and stain resistant, and is a great countertop material for homeowners that prefer the look of marble but want something a little more durable. The Quartzite countertops from The RTA Store come already sealed, and also feature the Sealer Lifetime Limited Warranty. Never have to reseal your Quartzite again? Sounds good to us!